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Eiffel Tower

2 Hours

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Opening hours

  • Sunday 09:30 - 23:00
  • Monday 09:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 00:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 00:00
The Eiffel Tower ( EYE-fəl TOW-ər; French: tour Eiffel, pronounced [tuʁ‿ɛfɛl] listen) is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015. The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level's upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift (elevator) to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift.
  • Conrad Egbert

    a month ago

    While I absolutely love the Eiffel Tower for its history, architectural prowess and it's beauty I wouldn't recommend climbing up. Why? Because similar views can be got from a few other locations without all the drama and waste of time. We went up at a time when it was considered to be quiet. And despite that we had to queue up for around 45 minutes for a security check that only allows you into the Eiffel Tower area. Then we had to queue for another half hour to buy our tickets to the first and second floors of the tower. Another security check and a 10-minute queue got us into an elevator to the second floor. Once there we had to queue for an hour and a half to buy tickets to go to the top. If you fancy being stuck 150m high with screaming, I'll-mannered children everywhere and even more ill-mannered parents (a reflection of our times) this would be your dream come true. On the other hand, the tower can truly be appreciated from the riverside just below, especially when it lights up at about 8pm. Hop onto one of many river boat pubs, grab a glass of wine and soak in the beautiful Parisian atmosphere that movies are made of, while enjoying views of the Eiffel tower. It really is remarkable. At 11pm it breaks out into a show of sparkles for 5 minutes.

  • Greg

    4 days ago

    One of the great, iconic structures of human civilization. Being here, whether it's for the first, second or even third time, still retains it's magic. The line (and price) for getting to the top is really quite fair. The views from the top of the tower are stunning to say the least. If you come here during the Christmas season, you will see a gorgeous array of lights decorating the eiffel tower. This is one of the places you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. I highly, highly recommend.

  • kanishk nagpal

    6 days ago

    An Ultimate experience awaits you here. Mark my words, you would not be disappointed at all. This is one of the most magnificent, marvellous, stunning and appealing monuments around the world. No doubt so as to why this is the most visited paid monument in the entire world. Try to visit it twice: once during daytime, and second at night.

  • David Goldsmith

    14 hours ago

    Bit of a mess from up close in the day time. All those steel bars...who thought that up. Could have softened the exterior up a touch, covered it in wrapping paper with cute dogs and their tongues out. Or maybe carpeted...Just a thought. But at night! Now we're talking! All lit up sparkling more than a bottle of Chateau Neuf Du Pap. That search light seeking me out for miles around. No hiding from that bad boy! Le Tour Eiffel - you beaut! 😍

  • Richard Recinos

    15 days ago

    This place is a lovely landmark with plenty of vendors surrounding its area. I would recommend to arrive early if you want to go up the tower. It costs 5 euros if you want to take the steps but i will advise you its not an easy climb considering the tower has 1000 steps. 9am to 11am would be the perfect time becasue as the day progresses the lines begin to fill.